The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled out a new version of SunWise UV Index, a mobile app that doesn’t require Internet connection but can brief you on UV radiation levels on an hourly basis.
A plethora of studies had shown what overexposure to the sun can do to your skin. We’re talking about various conditions from blisters, skin rashes, and swellings to allergies and skin cancers. For that reason, EPA developed an application that can use GPS technology to beam to your real-time information on UV radiation levels in your city mobile phone.
Currently the app is compatible only to iPhones and iPad devices, and has only English support.
The app can also provide daily or hourly UV radiation forecasts, which can prove critical especially for beachgoers that tend to stay longer in the sun than they should. But you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand the app’s reports. Everything is clearly explained and graphically alluring. Menus are incredibly easy to navigate, too.
The app is still working even if you lack internet connection. Instead it uses GPS tracking to detect your location and provide useful information on UV radiation. You’ll only have to introduce your zip code in the application to get all the necessary info on UV intensity.
Because a zip code is enough to access the precious data, you don’t have to be located in a certain area to learn the level of UV radiation there. You will only need to introduce the zip code of that location and the app will take care of the rest for you.
The latest 4.1 version supports iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, so you will not have to change settings in their operating systems to make it run on these devices. The GPS support is also very handy because it makes sure that you receive the correct forecast for the area where you are located.
So, you should turn on the GPS feature on your headset to get the most accurate results.
In fact, the app’s reports are so easy to read that you don’t even have to be literate to understand them. UV intensity has color codes which vary from “low” (green and light green) to moderate (yellow)/ “high” and “very high” (red and purple) or “extreme” (light purple).
The green color means that UV radiation is less than two, while the “extreme” reading signals a radiation above 11.
The EPA app also offers helpful advice like using a 30+ sunscreen and wearing protective clothing, wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses in direct sunlight. EPA also recommends seeking shade during critical midday hours, while it briefs beachgoers that white sand and other highly-reflective objects may double the amount of solar radiation that interacts with their skin.